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About the Humanities

The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture. The humanities use methods that are primarily critical, or speculative, and have a significant historical element—as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences. The humanities include ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre.


Courses Offered

1 Cultural Patterns of Western Civilization (3) UC:CSU
This course is designed to introduce the student to the general concepts or principles of the Humanities as evidenced in the ideas of applied aesthetics. Music, literature, painting, sculpture, architecture and other art forms are studied in relation to their background, function, medium, organization and style.

5 Interdisciplinary Studies in the Liberal Arts (3) CSU
This course provides an opportunity for an interdisciplinary study of a particular historical era, its leading themes and definitive issues, or it provides an opportunity for an interdisciplinary study of one or more of the timeless themes of humankind. Art, music, literature, philosophy and science of the age are stressed. The specific age or themes will be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

30 The Beginnings of Civilization (3) UC:CSU
This survey of the cultural heritage of Western civilization, from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece to the Early Renaissance, presents a history of culture and values with emphasis on artistic, literary, musical, religious and philosophical traditions. A wide variety of audio/ visual materials are used.

31 People in Contemporary Society (3) UC:CSU
This survey of the cultural heritage of Western civilization from the High Renaissance to the end of the twentieth century presents a history of culture and values, with an emphasis on artistic, literary, musical, philosophical, and cinematic traditions using a wide variety of audio/visual materials.

60 People and Their World: Technology and the Humanities (3) UC:CSU
This course provides opportunities to examine the interaction between society and technology. Challenging and stimulating questions about cultural and social values in light of the effects of modern technology are developed and discussed.

61 People and Their World: The Creative Process (3) CSU
This course focuses on the creative processes. It surveys creativity as expressed through art, architecture, literature and music, incorporating historical, psychological and philosophical perspectives.

77 Medieval Cultures (3) UC:CSU
A comparative study of the cultures of the Middle Ages in Europe and the Middle East will include the literary, musical, and artistic traditions of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.

185 Directed Study - Humanities (1) CSU
911 Cooperative Education - Humanities (1) CSU 921 Cooperative Education - Humanities (2) CSU 931 Cooperative Education - Humanities (3) CSU 941 Cooperative Education - Humanities (4) CSU

(See the Cooperative Education section for guidelines)